Thursday, January 26, 2012

I Know I Said I Did Not Want My Son Eating So Much, but…

After all the concern I expressed about our son’s dramatically increased appetite while he was on Risperidone, it feels odd to complain about the fact that Kai now does not want to eat very much.

We are back to how things were before Risperidone, when we had to constantly harangue Kai to eat his meals.

The other day, he was in a bad mood in the morning and complained about the breakfast he was served. I told him that we were not going to make him anything else and that he could go hungry if he did not like that. He chose not to eat his breakfast. I thought for sure that he would devour his lunch that day, but when he came home from school, we opened his backpack and saw that he barely had touched it.

This never would have happened while he was on Risperidone. Then, he would have happily eaten all of his breakfast, asked for more, eaten all of his lunch, and then come home from school demanding a snack.

In my mind, this change provides definitive evidence that his increased appetite at the time was the result of a side effect of the medication he had been taking rather than a natural growth spurt.

And so, I don’t think it was a bad decision to take him off Risperidone and try to see if something else might work without the side effects.

But, I do miss being able to eat my meals in peace, not having to fight to get my son to eat something.


I guess some people are never satisfied.

Like me. ;)


  1. Aw, I hope you can find a happy medium in something else! Maybe a lower dose of risperidone?

    1. Hi Betsy,
      We had Kai on a lower dosage of risperidone initially and increased it when it wasn't making much of an impact. The increased dosage helped with the behaviors, but then brought on the side effects. We are hoping the new drug, Seroquel, will be effective without the side effects, but so far not much success.

    2. Betsy, how is the new medication going with your boys?

  2. Hopefully the new medication will have a positive impact without the negative side effects. I'll be waiting to hear good news about the new medication...again, hopefully.

  3. too funny
    we have to fight with R for every meal as well so I know exactly what you mean

    1. Hopefully one day they will eat more without all the fighting... but not too much! :)


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